What Makes the Best Mouthwash?
There are so many options out there when it comes to that after-brush rinse, but how do you tell which ones are actually the best for your mouth? As a general rule, there are three main kinds of mouthwashes available. These three categories are mouthwashes that contain fluoride, mouthwashes that are anti-gingivitis and anti-plaque, and mouthwashes that are for cosmetic purposes. Here’s what each mean:
The mouthwashes containing fluoride are best to prevent tooth decay and strengthen enamel. This sounds like the best option, but chances are it isn’t. For most people, the amount of fluoride you need can be found completely in your toothpaste. The only exceptions are people with dry mouth or who are extra-prone to cavities.
Anti-Gingivitis and/or Anti-Plaque
This is the most recommended kind of mouthwash when it’s paired with brushing and flossing. If there’s any bad bacteria that you may have missed, the mouthwash can get it and give your dental health an overall boost. Additionally, they can even freshen your breath!
Cosmetic mouthwashes are generally the least-recommended. They help freshen your breath and temporarily kill bacteria, but the health benefits aren’t really there. It’ll help combat your halitosis for a little while, but that’s about it. All the bacteria it kills will grow back fairly quickly and don’t improve your overall health.
Choosing the right kind of mouthwash is important to your dental health. A quick appointment will be able to tell Dr. Real what kind of issues you might be having and what kind of mouthwash would be best. It’s more than just picking a good one from the shelf: sometimes the best mouthwash will require a prescription. If you have any questions or want to find out exactly what brands Dr. Real recommends, call today to book an appointment at (714) 525-2888.